Financing Coral Reef Conservation and Management with Tourism-Related Tools

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For the week of 24 June 2019

Please join us for a webinar on Financing Coral Reef Conservation and Management with Tourism-Related Tools with David Meyers of the Conservation Finance Alliance.

This webinar will be offered at two different times:

Coral reefs provide enormous economic value to humanity, and their value for recreation is one of the easiest to capture financially. This webinar will explore the range of existing and emerging tools that protected areas and site managers can use to capture funds from tourism for conservation and management. Specifically the webinar will discuss the use of: 1) entry, activity, and special use fees; 2) commercial concessions; 3) departure taxes; 4) partnerships with hotels; and 5) voluntary donations. This webinar is sponsored by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), an informal partnership which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world, as part of its collaboration with the Conservation Finance Alliance for promoting innovative financing for coral reef conservation.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News), the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe), and the Reef Resilience Network.

To register, visit:

If you would like to check out other upcoming OCTO sponsored webinars, you can find a complete list at https://oct.to/Webinars.

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
          – Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

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How your neighbor’s house affects your climate change views

The study, conducted in Colorado, found that views on climate change shifted more because of community perspectives than individual experiences (via Anthropocene).

In other News this week

  • Climate change will cost Washington $24 billion in ‘high tide tax,’ report says (via KNKX)
  • Hundreds of orcas hold an annual meeting and now we may know why (via New Scientist)
  • Captive beluga whales make epic journey from China to Iceland sanctuary (via phys.org)
  • Plastic pollution: Beach cleaner quits 'losing battle' (via BBC)
  • What’s Killing Pacific Whales? (via NY Times)
  • Ventura Harbor dock replacement brings commercial fishing, jettisons recreational boats (via KEYT)
  • Once Threatened, Sea Turtle Nests Thrive Along the Georgia Coast (via NY Times)
  • The U.S. government has studied the longest oil spill in history — 14 years after the leak began (via Washington Post)
  • Measuring human impact on coastal ecosystems (via phys.org)
  • Millennials Worldwide Taking Their Climate Grievances to Court (via Our Planet Daily)
  • Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary partners with Rotary to foster STEM innovation and entrepreneurial development (via NOAA)

1 new Grant and 1 new Podcast this week

  • Grant: Conway Fellowship (National Park Foundation), due June 30th. (https://oct.to/OC1920)
  • OCTOPOD Podcast: Making Palau-ances for Japan and Depressing Wall Art. This episode features Allie and Nick talking about lots of recent happenings in the marine world. (https://oct.to/OC1921)

1 new Blog and 1 new Conference this week

  • Blog: The Oceanographic Institute of Cumaná needs your support: The Systematic Elimination of the Oceanographic Institute of the Universidad de Oriente, Cumaná-Venezuela by Freddie Arocha, PhD (https://oct.to/OC1922)
  • Conference: Climate change in the Asia-Pacific region. March 30th - April 3rd, 2020. Quy Nhon, Vietnam. (https://oct.to/OC1923)

27 new Literature items this week

  • Science of The Total Environment has released, Management priorities for marine invasive species (Freely Available). (https://oct.to/OC1917)
  • Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems has published, Developing a marine protected area network with multiple objectives in China (US $42.00). (https://oct.to/OC1918)
  • Frontiers in Marine Science has published, Evaluating Performance of Photographs for Marine Citizen Science Applications (Freely Available). (https://oct.to/OC1919)
  • See the rest HERE

11 new Jobs this week

  • Apply to be the Director of Marine Operations for the Sea Education Association (https://oct.to/OC1924)
  • Work as the Senior Research Associate 1 - EFH Assessment for the University of Miami - Cooperative Institute for Marine & Atmospheric Studies (https://oct.to/OC1925)
  • Become either the Science Officer or Senior Science Officer for the California Ocean Science Trust (https://oct.to/OC1926)
  • See the rest HERE